Social power means people control. When it becomes oppressive, it paves the way for the age of total dominion.
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So, this post is dedicated to “Ziggurat, The age of total dominion,” an e-book Bob Mazzei and Jeff Lowe published in 2014.
You are going to learn about the book and the authors. And although this book sounds apparently dominated by a sense of grief due to our impotence before things that we are not able to master, not only does it allow for our complete liberation, it also deals with a series of humorous situations to remind us that we are never to take ourselves too seriously.
Title: Ziggurat, The Age of Total Dominion
by Bob Mazzei, Jeff Lowe
ISBN (ePub): 9781456622473 – Copyright by Bob Mazzei and Jeff Lowe, All rights reserved
Publiher: Published in eBook format by eBookIt.com on June 23rd 2014
Genre: FICTION / Dystopian
e-Book available on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google eBook Store, iTunes, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Digital.
About the authors
Bob Mazzei, aka Dangerous Bob, was a lively youth of 50, when the book was published. Now, he is a kid of 53 setting up to the tender age of 54. He lives in Europe, always up and down the continent yet not neglecting to drop in at the beloved Land of the Rose. Although he doesn’t see himself at ease in a capitalist society, he hasn’t managed to find another suitable planet in the vicinity to be hanging out. According to him, the sucking trouble with searching for a livable spot in the universe is, “There is no chocolate for sale outside the planet Earth, let alone some good wine, damn!” Thus, he is forced to put all he has studied into engineering, philosophy and economics to make his ends meet. Apparently, he must thank his lucky star for specializing in agribusiness marketing, IT and digital marketing; at least, he can eke out a living!
Jeff Lowe, aka Jeff the Terrible, was 590 years old (yes, 590!!) by the time the book was issued. Soon he is going to be 630 (please, don’t ask; the way time goes by in his biosphere is pretty different from the world of ordinary mortals). Jeff is a respected seedsman and has an acute knowledge of agri-business practices and markets. He has been sailing across so many seas and fighting against so many sharks. He is a man of big challenges and very keen on history. Jeff lives on the ground floor of the United States and realized a very long time ago that capitalism was a short-term practice. He is an opponent of the Neostance groups, namely those who think that placing the prefix neo- before a word is enough to make things change. Jeff is definitely not an admirer of those who put greed before life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A brief review
The book takes a snapshot of our global society. As every deep analysis of our time, it cannot but stress the sad condition humankind is standing. However, it does not lack humor and pieces of high literature cast like shafts of sunlight to delight the reader. Dreams and reality tag in and out mixing with unexpected moments of poetry.
In our poor and often lackadaisical existential condition, something that is more than a mere hope emerges. It is within reach; it is inside each of us and it can keep us from falling into despair, and, more importantly, it can open the door to a better and finally human world.
As a roundup of the topics you find in this brilliant novel we point out: rock music, arts, economics, politics, literature, contemporary history, and a significant amount of humor!!
Individuals are tools of production and consumption, relentlessly looking for pleasure that never comes. Their same “self” vanishes while attempting to fill up the emptiness of their existences completely dehumanized and possessed by the totalitarian law of profit. Neither old nor new values will never appease their plight while the social regime remains unaltered. Until the social room we all occupy is humanized, there is no chance for humans to finally be born. We’ll keep being oppressed by the ruthless Leviathan, no matter if it disguises itself with the reassuring forms of civil rights and democracy.
Democracy is not an alternative to totalitarianism; it is just one of the faces of dominion. It is nothing more than a good system to produce goods and accumulate wealth under peculiar circumstances. There’s nothing left out of the iron grasp by Capital, its domination spreads from end to end across our entire world and place in the universe. The law of profit allows no option, it is despotic, and it appropriates of everybody and everything. It moves the individuals according to the invisible, yet overbearing and unstoppable, hand of necessity.
Consequently, the search for humanization and liberation of all Humankind goes necessarily through overcoming the actual social regime, for a world without social classes, money, trade, politics and power. The entire novel plays and rocks between reality and dream, and yet fantasy and actuality melt and confuse one another. One thing is Chimera, another is Utopia, but most of all, it’s all happening now, right now in front of each and every one of us while we’re wide awake… Or, wait… we’re probably sleeping.
e-book available on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google eBook Store, iTunes, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Digital.